Monday, 3 June 2019

Moth Night Results - June 1st

The night was more or less dead calm, warm and dry, consequently there were lots of moths on the wing with over 60 species recorded including 5 new ones for myself. There were the usual  aesthetically pleasing moths such as Peach Blossom, Buff-tip and Eyed Hawkmoth plus plenty to keep the micro moth enthusiasts happy.

The following are moths I took for ID or new ones to photograph during daylight.

There were at least four Sandy Carpets among the more common Flame Carpets and Silver Ground Carpets.

I took another small carpet species home in the hope it would finally open it's wings for ID, and when it did I was pretty surprised to find this gorgeous little Small Yellow Wave - another new one for myself.

There were two of these Bird's-nest Moths (Tinea trinotella) to light, I wonder which nest they used.
The latin name refers to the three spots of unequal size on the forewing.

Definitely a moth-er's moth this one, the tiny Daisy Bent-wing (Bucculatrix nigricomella) - the first adult Bucculatrix I've ever seen at a trap. A worn and tatty moth but the white eye-caps at the base of the antennae help narrow this species down. Food plant Ox-eye Daisy.

This Straw Conch (Cochylimorpha straminea) may be a first for Calderdale - unless somebody knows differently. Food plant Common Knapweed.

And the fifth new one was this rather attractive Brassy Tortrix (Eulia ministrana).

Mainly for Barry's list are the following that I took home to ID:

Argyresthia trifasciella
Caloptilia alchimiella
Crambus lathoniellus x 3 (not the rare grass moth I had originally thought it was!!!)
Cochylis nana
Mompha epilobiella x 2
Gypsonoma dealbana
Coleophora mayrella

PLUS two unidentified moths:

Anacampsis sp.
Elachista sp.

Also lots of micro Caddisflies to keep me on my toes!


Steve Blacksmith said...

Great post Charlie. Glad you found some that were new to you. I'd like to see some of those "aesthetically pleasing ones" you mention, but I suppose if I'm interested enough I can look them up.

charlie streets said...

Barry takes the showy ones to entertain and educate the public on Sunday mornings. I'm usually left with the Little Brown Jobs to scrutinise at home and ID. It's a worthwhile arrangement that keeps everyone happy!